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    Re: I left CA 5 yrs ago & it was the biggest mistake of my lif
    Posted by ~Bradley on 7/25/08
    (11) Comments

    the teaching job market is VERY competitive
    > out here.

    Art positions (especially in the
    > high school) are VERY hard to find unless you don't mind
    > teaching in rural areas (or in the inner city/tougher areas)
    > Also, salaries in CO are low compared to other states.

    > Please, whatever you do, DO NOT MOVE out here before you
    > have a position...You will end up having to sub (with very
    > little pay and no benefits), and there's no guarantee that
    > you will get a position in the near future.
    >
    > There are a couple people that I know who have been looking
    > for a teaching job for the last 2 years!
    >
    > So, be smart and CHOOSE WISELY.

    All very good advice from ArtTeach, especially that the job
    market is VERY competitive, and art positions are hard to find.

    It might also be difficult for you to find a job where art, and
    by extension art teachers, are valued at all. At the school
    where I work, where the principal has said that "It's all about
    CSAP," and "I don't care what your students know about Abe
    Lincoln, since that's not on the test," we have gone through
    five art teachers and seven music teachers in the last three
    years. There might be a position for you, but you may be
    treated as if you are unimportant.

    Furthermore, Colorado is such a far-right, redneck state that
    many are calling for the total elimination of art and music
    education on the grounds that these classes are useless for
    getting a "real" job.

    I realize that I may be coming across as overly negative, and
    all 35 of the happily employed public school art teachers in
    the state will probably reply to tell me why I'm excessively
    pessimistic and wrong. But my intention is just to reiterate
    ArtTeach's advice, "CHOOSE WISELY," and consider the possible
    downsides. I hope to help prevent you from making the same
    mistake I did

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  • Should I teach in colorado??? Advice please, 7/24/08, by Cal.
  • Re: Should I teach in colorado??? Advice please, 7/24/08, by Art Teach in CO.
  • Re: I left CA 5 yrs ago & it was the biggest mistake of my lif, 7/25/08, by ~Bradley.
  • Re: I left CA 5 yrs ago & it was the biggest mistake of my l, 7/27/08, by Susan.
  • Re: Should I teach in colorado??? Advice please, 8/02/08, by Kay.
  • Re: Should I teach in colorado??? Advice please, 8/09/08, by Teach.
  • Re: I left CA 5 yrs ago & it was the biggest mistake of my l, 8/16/08, by Lori.
  • Re: I left CA 5 yrs ago & it was the biggest mistake of my l, 8/17/08, by ~Bradley.
  • Re: Should I teach in colorado??? Advice please, 9/15/08, by lee ann costello.
  • Re: I left CA 5 yrs ago & it was the biggest mistake of my l, 9/17/08, by Steve.
  • Re: Should I teach in colorado??? Advice please, 4/13/09, by Maria.